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When Hope for Haiti Now airs this Friday on MTV (and more than two dozen other networks), the two-hour fundraiser will have it’s own anthem, thanks to a collaboration between U2’s Bono and rapper Jay-Z. According to Reuters, the duo recorded the new song yesterday in London.
Explaining how the alliance came about, U2 guitarist The Edge said on Ireland’s The Dave Fanning Show, "Last night we wrote a song. ... Bono got a call from a producer, Swizz. He and Jay-Z wanted to do something for Haiti. So, Bono came up with the phrase on the phone, and last night we were here, we wrote a song — finished, recorded, and sent it back to them. So that might be the next thing you hear from us!"
The song will also be performed at the telethon, an event that will also stream live on websites YouTube, Hulu and MySpace. With such a massive potential audience, MTV believes that Hope for Haiti will be the most widely distributed telethon in history. And with the talent lined up to perform in New York, London and Los Angeles, who’d want to miss it?
At the London benefit, expect to see Coldplay and a group performance by Bono and The Edge joined by Jay-Z and Rihanna.
In Los Angeles, where George Clooney will host, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift will all sing, and Keith Urban, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow will reportedly join a group jam.
In New York, Haiti-born singer and earthquake-relief activist Wyclef Jean will be joined by Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J Blige, Shakira and Sting.
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